Hendrick in March 2017
|Full name||Jeffrey Patrick Hendrick|
|Date of birth||31 January 1992|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1998-2008||St. Kevin's Boys|
|2006-2007||Republic of Ireland U15||4||(0)|
|2007-2008||Republic of Ireland U16||4||(0)|
|2008-2009||Republic of Ireland U17||6||(4)|
|2009-2010||Republic of Ireland U18||4||(1)|
|2010-2011||Republic of Ireland U19||13||(1)|
|2011-2014||Republic of Ireland U21||7||(0)|
|2013-||Republic of Ireland||64||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:11, 11 September 2021 (UTC)|
? National team caps and goals correct as of 03:47, 8 September 2021 (UTC)
Hendrick spent his childhood years with boyhood club St. Kevin's Boys in his native Dublin. He had a number of unsuccessful trials in England before joining Derby County's youth academy in 2008. He made his professional debut in April 2011 after impressive performances with the reserve team led manager Nigel Clough to include him in the senior setup. He quickly became a regular starter and appeared in the 2014 Championship play-off final where Derby missed out on promotion with a 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers. He amassed a total of 214 appearances and 26 goals for Derby over six years.
Hendrick joined newly-promoted Premier League side, Burnley, in August 2016, signing a three-year deal. He was part of the team that finished in seventh place in the 2017-18 season which saw them qualify for the second qualifying round of the following season's Europa League. This was Burnley's first taste of European football in 51 years. Hendrick left Burnley in June 2020 after racking up 139 appearances and 10 goals in four seasons. He joined fellow Premier League club Newcastle United in a free transfer on a four-year deal in August 2020.
Hendrick has represented Ireland at all youth levels. Since his senior international debut in 2013, he has made over 60 appearances for Ireland and represented them at Euro 2016.
Hendrick joined Derby County as a youth player in 2008 from St Kevin's Boys in Dublin, having overcome Osgood-Schlatter disease, and played regularly for the club's academy side before breaking into the reserve team during the 2009-10 campaign. He made one start and seven substitute appearances as the club's reserve side successfully captured the 2009-10 Central League Central Section title. At the end of the season his first involvement with the Derby County first team came on 2 May 2010 as he was an unused substitute in a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City in the final match of the 2009-10 season. A few weeks later, on 8 July 2010, he signed his first professional contract, alongside four other Derby County academy graduates, including fellow Republic of Ireland Youth international Ryan Connolly and future League of Ireland player Graham Kelly.
Hendrick played a more significant role in Derby's reserve side during the 2010-11 season, making 17 starts in all competitions and scoring 9 goals, including a hat-trick in a 14-1 victory over Shirebrook Town in the Derbyshire Senior Cup and a brace in a 5-0 win over Buxton in the final of the same competition. Throughout the campaign, Hendrick impressed enough to earn a contract extension at Derby, which he signed in January 2011 to take him through until Summer 2012.
Approaching the end of the 2010-11 campaign, Derby manager Nigel Clough stated his desire to give Hendrick a run in the first team:
"(He's) progressed and done well this season...we would love to see him in the team for three or four games."
Hendrick was happy with his progression and knew he would have to sustain his form to nail down a spot in the first team:
"It's why we all play football - to get in the first team, so I'm just hoping that I can keep pushing on and doing well."
Ahead of the 2011-12 season, Clough stated that Hendrick would feature in the Derby County first team squad more often. He was allocated the squad number of 23. Despite missing the majority of Derby's pre-season due to his call-up to the European under-19 tournament, Hendrick was involved in first-team duty from the start of the campaign, making substitute appearances in the season's opening two matches, against Birmingham City and Watford. He then claimed a place in the starting line-up from the third match (a 1-0 win at Blackpool) onward.
He scored his first professional goal in his fifth start of the season, claiming the winner in a 2-1 victory at local rivals Nottingham Forest. His performance earned him a place in the Championship Team of the Week and his rich vein of form followed into the next match, a 3-0 thumping of Millwall, in which Hendrick grabbed his first goal at Pride Park and secured a second consecutive Team of the Week place.
Hendrick's form saw him linked with switches to Premier League duo Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion. The speculation saw Derby enter into contract talks with the midfielder over a new four-year deal. However, both his and Derby's form tailed off badly over the subsequent six weeks with the team winning just once in nine matches although Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby he was not concerned by his side's slump. The following month, the Dublin native signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract, extending his stay at the Pride Park club until the summer of 2015.
Hendrick missed Derby's Christmas and New Year programme of fixtures with an ankle ligament injury in a 1-0 defeat against Ipswich Town. He returned to the first team squad as an unused substitute in a 1-0 win against Coventry City on 14 January 2012, returning to playing action a week later in the 0-0 draw at Burnley as a 47th-minute substitute. Hendrick became a mainstay of the Derby team for the remainder of the season after this fixture, displacing James Bailey in central midfield. He scored his third goal of the season in a 3-2 home win against Crystal Palace on 24 March. Hendrick's form throughout the season was rewarded when he won the club's Sammy Crooks Young Player of the Year award.
"It has been hard when things weren't going my way and I was not performing as well as I've wanted. I've been beating myself up over it. I've played a few games here and there where I've played well, but I want to get more consistency into my game. I'm hoping to get better and better and string a good run of games together now."
Hendrick began the 2012-13 season in the starting eleven but after poor performances and scoring only once in his first 16 matches, he was dropped for Michael Jacobs in the 3-2 victory over Birmingham City on 24 November 2012. He regained his starting place shortly afterwards, and admitted he was struggling to replicate his previous season's performances. Hendrick's form soon improved and he scored his second goal of the season in a 2-0 win at Bristol City on 15 December.
Hendrick started 2013 in good form, scoring three goals in the opening three matches, including a goal against Middlesbrough in a 3-1 home win which was later named Derby's Goal of the Season. Former Derby teammate Kevin Kilbane stated that Hendrick had the ability to play in the Premier League. He scored again on 9 February 2013, in a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday. He earned further praise for his performance in Derby's 3-0 win at home to Bristol City on 29 March, where he scored the opening goal.
Ahead of the 2013-14 season, Hendrick was set to compete with Craig Bryson, Paul Coutts and Will Hughes for a starting berth, with Clough stating that rotation could be utilised. He started in Derby's first five matches, before succumbing to a chipped ankle bone injury in the 3-0 win at Yeovil Town in late August, with a scan revealing damage worse than expected and was later ruled out for 12 weeks.
Hendrick scored four league goals during the 2013-14 season, helping Derby reach the play-offs. In the play-off semi-final, Derby came up against Brighton & Hove Albion. On 11 May 2014, Hendrick scored in the 4-1 home victory in the second leg as Brighton were defeated 6-2 on aggregate. On 24 May, he played in the play-off final as Derby lost 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers thereby missing out on promotion to the Premier League.
On 26 June 2014, Hendrick agreed a new four-year contract with Derby, which would keep him at the club until the end of the 2017-18 season.
Hendrick scored his first goal of the 2014-15 season in the league opener against Rotherham United on 9 August 2014 which ended in a 1-0 win for Derby. He scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season on 8 November in a 5-0 thrashing of Wolverhampton Wanderers as Derby moved to the top of the Championship. Hendrick's 85th-minute equaliser in the 3-3 draw at Millwall on 25 April 2015 helped keep alive the team's play-off hopes. Derby needed a victory in their final match against Reading to secure a play-off place but lost 3-0 and finished the 2014-15 season in eighth position as ultimately they had earned just 12 points out of a possible 39 since beating Charlton Athletic in February. This season was Hendrick's most fruitful to date in terms of goalscoring as he netted a total of nine goals in 47 matches in all competitions.
Hendrick scored his first goal of the 2015-16 season in a 2-2 draw away at Leeds United on 29 December 2015. He scored his second of the season in the 3-1 away win against Brentford on 20 February 2016. After being out of first-team action since March, Hendrick returned for the final league match against Ipswich Town on 7 May but was an unused substitute. Derby finished in fifth place in the Championship and qualified for the play-offs where they would meet Hull City in the semi-final. Hendrick was again an unused substitute in the semi-final first leg but returned to the starting line-up for the second leg and played the full 90 minutes as Derby lost 3-2 on aggregate to the Tigers.
On 31 August 2016, Hendrick joined Premier League side Burnley for a club record £10.5 million fee on a three-year deal. He made his debut on 10 September, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute in a 1-1 draw at home to Hull City. He made his first start for Burnley on 17 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 away defeat against reigning Premier League champions Leicester City. Nine days later, Hendrick netted his first goal for Burnley in a 2-0 home win over Watford with a header from a Steven Defour cross.
He scored his second goal for his new club on 10 December 2016 with a 25-yard volley in a 3-2 home victory over Bournemouth. Hendrick's strike was nominated for Goal of the Month; it came third in the public vote, behind strikes by Alexis Sánchez in second and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in first and would later earn him the Burnley Goal of the Season award. On 4 February 2017, he was sent off against Watford in the sixth minute for a two-footed challenge on José Holebas as Burnley were defeated 2-1 at Vicarage Road.
Hendrick opened his 2017-18 goalscoring account on 1 October away at Everton, finishing off a move that consisted of 24 passes. Burnley would go on to win 1-0. He netted his second goal of the season in a 1-0 home victory over Newcastle United on 30 October in what was Sean Dyche's fifth anniversary as Burnley manager.
Hendrick had a goal ruled out for offside and was denied a clear penalty in the 0-0 draw at Huddersfield Town on 30 December. Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lössl later admitted he had made contact with the midfielder:
"I touched him. I spoke to the referee and I said there was contact. I didn't do it on purpose, but there was contact. I told the referee after but it was his decision."
On 20 June 2018, it was announced that Burnley would face Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. Hendrick made his Europa League debut when he started on 26 July 2018 at Pittodrie Stadium. He was replaced by Sam Vokes in the 67th minute with Vokes eventually going on to score the equaliser to make it 1-1 in the 80th minute. The match ended 1-1, meaning Burnley had the advantage of an away goal. Burnley were eventually eliminated in the play-off round with a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Olympiacos. Hendrick played in all six matches of The Clarets' Europa League campaign.
His first goal of the 2018-19 season came on 26 August 2018 in a 4-2 away defeat against newly promoted Fulham. With 91 Burnley appearances already made, Hendrick signed a one-year contract extension on 20 December 2018 which would take his stay at the club until the summer of 2020. His manager Sean Dyche stated his praise for the midfielder:
"He's done well for us. We have asked a lot of him. We have used him in a number of different positions that sometimes aren't natural to him and over time he has delivered good performances for us."
On 22 April 2019, Hendrick opened the scoring in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a fine volley for his third goal of the season. This draw saw Burnley reach 40 points, virtually guaranteeing their safety in the Premier League. Hendrick's goal was the 1,000th goal Chelsea had conceded in the Premier League. This strike earned him his second Goal of the Season award for the club.
On 14 September 2019, Hendrick scored in his 100th Premier League appearance for Burnley with a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion. It had appeared that Hendrick was in Sean Dyche's future plans as he had started 22 of Burnley's 29 matches before the 2019-20 season was brought to a sudden halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, on 23 June 2020, it was revealed that Hendrick had turned down an offer to stay at Burnley and would end his four-year stint at the club on the expiration of his contract on 30 June.
After leaving Burnley and having been linked to Italian clubs Milan and Roma, Hendrick decided to join fellow Premier League club Newcastle United on 24 August 2020 in a free transfer on a four-year deal. He described Newcastle as 'a massive club' and manager Steve Bruce hailed his new signing by saying: "He's an experienced international footballer who can play all across the midfield so we welcome him aboard. He'll be a big asset to us, on and off the pitch."
He made his Newcastle debut in a 2-1 win over Barnsley in a pre-season friendly on 29 August 2020. Two weeks later, Hendrick scored and also set up a goal for Callum Wilson on his competitive debut for Newcastle in a 2-0 away win over West Ham United. His second goal of the season came on 16 December as he opened the scoring in a 5-2 away defeat to Leeds United. On 6 February 2021, Hendrick was sent off early in the second half of a 3-2 home win over Southampton for a second bookable offence after pulling back Takumi Minamino. He received criticism from pundit Alex Scott after the red card:
"It's stupid. He doesn't even need to pull Takumi Minamino back there. He's not through on goal, there's no reason for him to do what he just did."
Hendrick fell out of favour after the sending off and was limited to substitute appearances from March onwards as Newcastle finished in 12th place. He ended the season with 23 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice.
Born in Dublin, Hendrick has been capped by Ireland at under-15, under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels. He was shortlisted for the Republic of Ireland under-17 level International Player of the Year award in July 2010. He played a key role in the U19s successful 2011 European Under-19 Championship qualifying campaign putting in a "string of impressive displays" as he featured in all three group matches and notched the only goal of the match in a 1-0 win over Poland U19s. In July 2011, Hendrick was named in the squad for the European Under-19 Championships. He started in all four of Ireland's matches at the tournament as they were knocked out in the semi-final stage to Spain.
In January 2013, it was reported that Ireland head coach Giovanni Trappatoni was watching Hendrick with the view to giving the player his first call-up to the senior side and later in the month Hendrick was called up to the senior squad to play in a friendly against Poland on 6 February 2013. Hendrick came on as a 71st-minute substitute for James McCarthy in the 2-0 win and provided an assist for Wes Hoolahan for Ireland's second goal in this match, showing great composure in doing so with a well-executed pass. Hendrick received his first Ireland start in his fourth cap, in a match against World and European Champions Spain on 12 June 2013 at the Yankee Stadium in New York City. He played a starring role in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia in the Aviva Stadium on 7 September 2015. His run and nutmeg set up an easy finish for Jonathan Walters which proved to be the only goal of the match.
Hendrick started in all four of Ireland's matches at Euro 2016. He hit the crossbar against Sweden and was unlucky not to score against Italy. He earned much praise for his performances as he played a vital role in securing qualification to the knockout stages of the championship. Ireland eventually lost 2-1 to hosts France in the Round of 16.
Hendrick scored his first goal for Ireland on 5 September 2016. He opened the scoring in the third minute in the 2-2 away draw against Serbia in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match with a low shot just outside the penalty area which was deflected in off Branislav Ivanovi?.
His second goal for Ireland came on 23 March 2019 with a 12-yard strike in the 49th minute of a 1-0 away triumph against Gibraltar in a Euro 2020 qualifying match. This goal ended Ireland's drought of 446 minutes without finding the net in all competitions. Hendrick won his 50th cap for Ireland on 5 September 2019 in a 1-1 draw at home to Switzerland.
Jeff can play anywhere across the midfield, I think he can play behind the strikers. Can he sit in and do a holding job? That's not outside his capability.
Hendrick is known for being very hard-working, tactically aware and for his ability to pass the ball successfully. He is capable of playing as a central midfielder, out wide on the right of midfield or as an attacking midfielder behind the striker. His big strength is winning second balls from aerial duels and keeping the attack going in advanced positions. Owing to his lack of proficiency in scoring goals, Hendrick's most frequent task is recycling possession high up the pitch to create chances for his teammates.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Newcastle United||2020-21||Premier League||22||2||1||0||0||0||--||23||2|
|Republic of Ireland||2013||4||0|
|1||5 September 2016||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||27||Serbia||1-0||2-2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|2||23 March 2019||Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar||46||Gibraltar||1-0||1-0||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|||
At St David's, Artane, where his twin brothers Ross and Alan were team-mates with Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton, Galway legend Brian Talty encouraged him to develop his nascent love for Gaelic football. He played corner-back at an age grade two years above him, corner-forward for the team a year ahead, midfield with his own contemporaries and, though Parnells may have beckoned, St Kevin's Boys did instead.
Jeff Hendrick's Euro 2016 hopes were boosted as he returned to the Derby County match-day squad for the first time since March. Although he didn't come on against Ipswich Town, he is expected to feature in the play-offs before the end of the season.